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View Poll Results: Where should I get offshore sails for one year of use
Rolly Tasker 7 41.18%
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Rolly Tasker vs US-based

Looking for new sails, and been doing my research. The quotes I got are here:
How to Buy New Sails: Local Loft vs Rolly Tasker ? sailingwithkids.net

The many threads about Rolly Tasker seem a couple of years old, I was curious as to people recent experiences with them?

I thought I'd add a poll too


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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

We shopped around for prices for a new main for our Tartan 27' over a year ago and found similar price differences from the various types of sail lofts.
After 2 seasons using our Rolly Tasker full battened, loose footed main I am quite happy with it. Happy enough to order a new head sail from them a few weeks ago.
Hey, a boat buck is a boat buck, right? If you can save $1000 (a boat buck) why not?

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Boat buck, not heard that one. Sad but true!

For lake sailing I would get a RT without thinking. But for a year in the carib with maybe 75-100 sailing days.....


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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

I have a rolly tasker on my boat an islander 36...looks mighty fine and its been on the boat for 5-10 years or so...in the tropics

for whatever thats worth

I usually dont judge something solely by brand but current condition...if it looks and feels decent and stitching is strong and not uv degraded its good

ps. a rolly tasker sail will for sure outlive 1 year unless I dont know you like dumping your mast in mud or something with sails up...
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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

I have talked to the rigger where I work about not RT but Lee Sails, a similar offshore company. Lee Sails: Sailmaker to the world
His opinion is that they are well made but not always of the kind of cut he likes - but he is a racer (I'm not) and I wouldn't expect him to sail in the Melges Worlds (as he did) with them. Any option available from any sailmaker is available - eg full/partial batten, loose foot, number of reefs optional etc.

For a cruising sail I think it makes sense.

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Boat buck, not heard that one. Sad but true!

For lake sailing I would get a RT without thinking. But for a year in the carib with maybe 75-100 sailing days.....
So you could buy 2 RT sails for the price of 1 name brand/local loft store. My RT sail was nicely stitched and I expect more than 75-100 sailing days from it.
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I still see a boat we sold 9 years ago that remained local and the RT sails still look exceptional at 11 years old.

I am still a very happy RT customer and a very picky one to boot... There is also a guy in Annapolis who is a very good RT dealer though a tad more expensive than Dirk...

The RT main on our current boat is our 9th if I am not mistaken.. When I order a new 150% head sail it will be RT again..

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Re: Rolly Tasker vs US-based

I purchased a Rolly Tasker main and cover for my C27 last summer and it seems to be just fine. The stitching is nicely done and it looks great. Their customer service also was good and the transaction was dram free. I would easily buy another from them.

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I purchased a RT mainsail several years ago. Price was $750 less than buying local. Dirk was great to work with. However by the end of the first season one batten pocket had come apart and 6 of the slugs had to be reintalled.... Nothing that a few hundred dollars at the local sail loft could not fix.

This year when pricing a new headsail, I did not even consider Roller Tasker.

I feel I got what I paid for...

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I think it was about 3 years ago that I bought some sails from Dirk of RT. The first purchase was the staysail and it turned out fine so I ordered the main. It too was very well done and even incorporated an over the top leach line control that I had specified. It works great and I no longer have to hang over the boom to tighten up that leech.
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